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Seola Beach

Location: Seattle, WA 

Size: 4,567 SF

Cost: $273/SF

Completed: 2009

Photography: Michael Shopenn

The Seola Beach Residence was built on a beachfront lot in the very southwest corner of the City of Seattle.

The 3,250 square foot house is designed as a pair of connected wings linked by a formal dining hall for entertaining and family events, critical to family community and culture. A Living Room and Kitchen facing the water and western terraces together with utility spaces and a garage occupy the southern ground floor; the northern ground floor wing is dedicated to a guest suite for frequent family visits. A bridge links the two wings at the second level; the upper floor includes a southern master suite and northern lofted kids’ bedrooms, bathroom, and laundry. The project included the development of the existing foundation as a movie room, guest suite, and storage.

The owners insisted that the exterior materials for the Seola Beach Residence had to be very low maintenance even in the harsh saltwater environment. Wood Parklex panels made in Spain and Swiss Pearl cement fiber panels from Europe were chosen for siding because they require no maintenance, add warmth and texture to the house, and complement anodized aluminum windows + doors, concrete architectural pavers, a rain screen exterior siding system and aluminum bries soleil southwestern sun shades. 

Passive solar design, the use of extensive daylighting to reduce electricity use, high R-value insulation, windows, and doors, and a dual hydronic radiant heating and high-efficiency heat pump cooling system were all designed into the Seola Beach Residence. The interiors utilize sustainably harvested tiger wood, recycled glass tile, energy-efficient lighting, and many low-VOC products.

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